Freshmen Stay ‘Classical’ with Presentations

Freshmen Stay ‘Classical’ with Presentations

Each student in Greg Kguloian’s freshman global history class was recently given the opportunity to join intellectual forces with three other classmates to do research on a “reach and teach assignment” on one of six classical civilizations: the Persian Empire, ancient Greek city-states, the Mauryan Empire, the Gupta Empire, the Qin Dynasty and the Han Dynasty.

The ninth-graders were encouraged to use classroom textbooks, the internet and other reputable resources to gain information, put it into an interesting format and prepare audiovisual presentations. The groups of four were then asked to teach their “lesson” the way they would want to be taught. A peer-interactive question-and-answer session at the end of each presentation served to not only find out what the students learned, but also to allow the students teaching the lesson to determine how effective their lesson was via instantaneous feedback.

“I was most impressed with how each person in our classroom respectfully paid attention to their fellow students as they gave reports on their given classical civilization, took notes and asked appropriate questions,” said Kguloian. “I am extremely proud of the way they all helped each other to learn more. Our young people today deserve to be given the tools to be better potential leaders tomorrow.”